We live in an era in which fake news and internet hoax spread faster than accurate information. This article is set to clear the air on if typing your PIN in reverse at the ATM really contacts the police.
Recently I have stumbled upon broadcasts which claim that in case of armed robery at the ATM all you need to do is type your PIN in reverse and the police is going to be alerted. This is fake news and we are set to tell you why.
See the broadcast below
In case of armed robbery at the ATM, here is something you may really need.
WHEN A THIEF FORCES YOU TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE ATM, DO NOT ARGUE OR
RESIST, YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT HE OR SHE MIGHT DO TO YOU.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS TO PUNCH YOUR PIN IN THE REVERSE, I.E IF YOUR PIN IS
1254, YOU PUNCH 4521.
THE MOMENT YOU PUNCH IN THE REVERSE, THE MONEY WILL COME OUT BUT WILL BE
STUCK INTO THE MACHINE HALF WAY OUT AND IT WILL ALERT POLICE WITHOUT
THE NOTICE OF THE THIEF.
EVERY ATM HAS IT, IT IS SPECIALLY MADE TO SIGNIFY DANGER AND HELP.
NOT EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THIS.
FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND THOSE YOU CARE FOR.
Forwarded as received.
Reading this for the first time you might be wowed and believe you have just learnt a life saving trick, and wish to share on an instant with your friends. Well, the more you do that, the more you are helping to spread a hoax.
This rumour started since the 20th century, when some American police departments proposed an ATM PIN system that would do just that, believing it to be an effective way of tracking criminals. Though such technology does exist, it has not been widely rolled out anywhere in the world due to some of the issues associated with it.
The issues are….
Some people may have reversible PINs such as ‘7667’ or ‘8888’ and these palindromic PINs would become unavailable so that there were no false call outs. Semi-reversible PINs like ‘3783’ or ‘1031’ would also need to be avoided to minimise the risk that someone might accidentally enter their PIN incorrectly (it would only take one number) and call the police. Additionally, if you’re in the stressful situation of being threatened to hand over money at an ATM, it may become difficult to even remember what your PIN is backwards. Even if you did manage to enter your PIN in reverse and the ATM alerted the police it’s highly likely that the criminal would flee the scene as soon as the money is dispensed.
In truth Reverse PIN software is not present on any bank ATM in the world.
It will be extemely irresponsible for you to share such information across the Internet or on social media. If your friends have shared such content with you, we recommend letting them know that this is just a hoax (most preferably by sharing this post with them).
Here are some important tips to remember to keep yourself safe when using ATMs
- Never use an ATM or EFTPOS terminal that looks like it may have been tampered with.
- Be careful when you use an ATM to make sure other people can’t see your PIN.
- Be wary of anyone offering to help – especially if your card has just been retained (eaten) by the ATM.
- If your card has been retained by an ATM go to the nearest bank branch
Good thing you tried to confirm this internet hoax, always try to make it an habit of confirming some of the broadcast you receive before rebroadcasting.
There you have it on this post “Hoax bursted: Typing PIN in reverse at ATM doesn’t contact the police.” I hope you found the information on this post helpful.